Is Justice For All?

City Studies

Is Justice For All?

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets
    • Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 7pm
    • William S. Paley Foundation
      1 East 53rd Street

What the Cell? debut screening

What the Cell? debut screening

Blackberries, Razors, and Droids, OMG! We spend so much time with them, but do we know anything about how cell phones work?  How do our voices travel through the air? Why do our cell phone bills work the way they do? Who owns the air?

What the Cell? is a collaboration of CUP, teaching artist Helki Frantzen, and high school students from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. To unscramble the signals, the crew interviewed engineers, utility lawyers, consumer advocates, and electrophysicists; they inspected a Verizon high-security switching station and scoped out cell phone testing labs at Consumers Union. Together with CUP, they created this 30-minute documentary about the switches, wires, airwaves, and policies that affect your cell phone service. Join the crew as they trace how regulation and business models shape what you can and can't do with your cell phone, and get to know your airwaves a little better.

The debut screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by student Brianna Tyler with electrical engineer Howard Huang and Howard Feld from Public Knowledge.

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How Can I Improve My Park?

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How Can I Improve My Park?

From Cellblock to Your Block

Urban Investigations

From Cellblock to Your Block

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

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Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

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Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights